Negro Nitro | SanTan Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
santanbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ottovon on 09-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
4
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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0
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5
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0
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Sampled on tap at 1702; February 2012
The beer arrives with a very creamy looking, lightly browned, dark tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated, brown-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, brown-tinged, concentrated amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells predominantly of herbaceous hop notes up front, with specifics of pine, touches of menthol, and earthy, almost hemp like herbal character. A second go at the aroma reveals more of a citrust / fruit hop focus with notes of tangelo zest, burnt lychee, and bright ruby red grapefruit zest. There is a supporting malt character that provides a touch of roastiness to everything as well as an underlying toasted maltiness and browned caramelized character.

Bitter, with roast and hop influence, up front, as it rolls across the palate flavors of pine and earthy herbal notes play a prominent role and accentuate the bitter hop bite. The beer is fairly light bodied and there isn’t much hop sweetness here, this suppresses the fruity hop notes, but these are still quite noticeable with flavors tangelo, sweet grapefruit, kumquat and lychee; this notes are quite as bright and fruity as I would expect in a regular IPA, but are quite typical in dark IPAs (which is part of the reason why I don’t enjoy them as much as regular IPAs). The malt character plays a mostly supporting role, the dark / roasted malt clearly influences the hop character here, but the roast flavors are overly noticeable here; this isn’t nearly as roasted as a Porter usually is, and is about at the level that I would like in a Dark IPA; subtle roastiness, with some lingering burnt influenced bitterness as well as some lingering, roasted / deeply-toasted malt notes that intermingle with the lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

This is solid example of a Dark IPA, and clearly demarcates itself from being a hoppy Porter with its subtle used of roasted character, but having said that it also clearly demonstrates why I don’t prefer Dark IPAs to a regular version; the dark / roasted grain gets in the way of the hop character as it doesn’t allow the hop character to be nearly as expressive as it could otherwise be. Still, this is quite a nice beer that I am happy to be drinking right now.

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Negro Nitron is San Tan's take on the black IPA and is unique in a few ways. First, it's brewed with a special malt product called Midnight Wheat, which brewers say they chose to eliminate the sharp and acrid characteristics that the husks in barley-based malt sometimes impart in darker beer. It's also dispensed via nitrogen tap, allowing the gas to lend the beer a form a rich, dense head, a softer flavor and a creamier mouthfeel.

Allow the bartenders at SanTan to pour one for you, and sit back for the show. The nitrogen jumps out of the dark burgundy brew in tiny, cascading bubbles that eventually form a crown of the softest, most stationary khaki foam. This head would remain until next Tuesday if left to its own devices. Houses have been built upon less firm foundations.

While it may look stout-like, Negro Nitron's nose is all IPA. Summit hops in the boil and dry-hopping with Cascade have imparted a green, bright aroma, loaded with orange, grapefruit and grass. In the background, the roasted malt conveys an interesting dark chocolate tang, with light touches of coffee beans and toasted bread.

In the mouth -- as is the case with most nitrogenated beers -- this thing's a creamy delight. The snuggly-soft medium body envelopes the tongue like a hug as you explore flavors of sweet tangerine, orange peel and pine. Soft, tingly carbonation brings attention to smoky pork, milk chocolate and coffee beans. It's an amazingly smooth blend, with the perfect amount of bitterness and no hint of alcohol.

Balance is key in black IPAs, and SanTan has found it.

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Negro Nitro from SanTan Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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